Find Your Courage, Share Your Vision, Change the World

Presenter: 
Juliette Rizzo - U.S. Department of Education
Presentation Description: 

A widely recognized and visible champion, national spokesperson and enthusiastic advocate for disability rights, deeply committed to educating the public and bringing mainstream visibility to issues that impact the disability community and the greater community at large, Juliette Rizzo knows firsthand the power of transforming limitations into opportunities.

An award-winning public relations professional employed in the U.S. federal government as the Deputy Director of Special Projects, Partnerships and Special Events for the U.S. Department of Education, she directs high-profile events for the U.S. Secretary of Education and the White House, engaging Americans in the President's and Secretary's education agenda for the nation.

Juliette acquired juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and fibromyalgia in her youth but refuses to define herself by traditional barriers and preconceptions. Using her greatest gift, namely the ability to tell her story of true physical and emotional recovery with strength, courage and hope, she encourages others to find their own courage, share their vision and help her change the world.

Amidst the stories of great leaders, Juliette’s passionate message can be found in the compilation “Enabled in Words: The Real Lives, Real Victories of People with Disabilities.”